Celebrity Wedding Crashers

These celebs just can't resist making couples' special days that much more special - and stealing a bit of the limelight for themselves

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Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks
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The Oscar-winning actor made a memorable cameo in the wedding photos of Pittsburgh bride Grace Gwaltney.

"He was like, 'Hey! I'm Tom Hanks. I would love to get a photo with you' and I immediately froze and was just looking around," she told local news station KCRA. "I didn't know what to do."

02 of 21

Tom Hanks, Again

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Diciembre and Tashia Farries were celebrating their big day on the beach by Santa Monica Pier in California in October 2021 when the festivities were crashed by none other than the Oscar-winning actor.

The brides were with with their family and close friends posing for photos when the Forrest Gump star showed up.

In a video of the encounter posted to social media, wedding guests are heard exclaiming, "That's Woody!," referring to Hanks' character from Pixar's Toy Story films.

Hanks is also heard saying, "Oh man, my stock just exploded!" when he meets Tashia.

"We were so in our own moment so for him to walk up, it was shocking and took a second for us to realize. It was the cherry on top for our big day," Diciembre told Today.

The newlyweds also said Hanks spent at least five minutes speaking with them and posing for pictures.

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DENZEL WASHINGTON

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Denzel Washington posing with a couple in New York City. The Image Direct

In March 2021, the Oscar-winning actor was photographed posing with a pair of newlyweds in Central Park where Washington was filming his new movie Journal for Jordan.

According to Page Six, he ran into the pair near the park's iconic Bow Bridge, jogging into the frame for a quick pic as they posted for their photographer.

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LIL NAS X

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Lil Nas X shared a hilarious video on Twitter in February 2020, revealing that he "crashed a wedding at Disney world."

In the footage, the Grammy Award winner entered a wedding reception hand-in-hand with the bride as his hit "Old Town Road" played in the background. The star then danced with the guests of the wedding as one female guest hilariously yelled, "What the f- is happening right now?!" to the person recording the special moment.

That would have been our reaction exactly.

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KEANU REEVES

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So he didn't quite crash a wedding, but Reeves sure made it look like he did in this epic photo.

According to the mother of the groom, the wedding party spotted Reeves in the bar at the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz, California, just before walking down the aisle over Labor Day weekend 2018. When bride and groom Jarrod Camara and Leslie Walker asked for a pic, the actor kindly obliged.

"We are all Keanu Reeves fans for sure!" the mother of the groom told PEOPLE.

06 of 21

THE CAST OF TAG

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Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms and Jake Johnson crashed a wedding while they were promoting the upcoming movie in Miami in June 2018. The stars were apparently having dinner near the reception and decided to pay the party a visit, coming in just as the best man seemed to be giving his speech. The best part? It's all on video.

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THE CAST OF ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

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Orange Is the New Black stars Lea Delaria, Danielle Brooks and Yael Stone slipped out of their prison garb and put on their Sunday best, surprising Australian lesbian couple Tegan and Louise at their wedding reception.

Netflix's cameras were there to capture the moment with the OITNB, which came as part of a press tour for the company in conjunction with Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

It was a special moment for Louise, who is a super-fan of the show. But it was also special since Australia had just legalized same-sex marriage that November.

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LUKE BRYAN

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American Idol judge Bryan took a break from taping the show in October 2017 in Savannah, Georgia, to bring some fun to a nearby wedding reception - by crashing their party.

Bryan was met with cheers when he entered the reception at the Charles Morris Center in downtown Savannah's historic district as guests danced to one of his songs. He popped some champagne before dancing along with the bride, groom and guests to another one of his hit tunes, "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)."

Bride McKenna Neidlinger Lipski told PEOPLE she and her groom, Austin Lipski, were completely surprised when Bryan and a camera crew walked into their wedding.

"I couldn't believe it," recalled McKenna, a huge Bryan fan who has seen him twice in concert.

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KRISTEN STEWART & STELLA MAXWELL

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The guest list of two Winnipeg brides got two surprise additions in July 2017 when Kristen Stewart and wedding date supermodel Stella Maxwell decided to practice the great celebrity tradition of crashing weddings.

According to CBC News, Kirsten and Kayleigh Jennings were celebrating tying the knot at Pizzeria Gusto in Winnipeg when the restaurant's owner asked if it was okay for Stewart and Maxwell to join the couple's party for a few drinks. Kirsten said that she didn't know who Stewart was prior to this, while Kayleigh said that they treated the stars just like any other guest at their reception. "I told Kir, 'Hey, let's just treat them as random guests. Let's just treat them with kindness - southern hospitality. Winnipeg hospitality,'" she said.

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BRADLEY COOPER

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The Wedding Crashers actor took a page out of his own playbook when he made a surprise appearance at a wedding in 2016. He stopped by to congratulate the newlyweds while visiting his alma mater at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Cooper snuck up on the unsuspecting couple as they walked around campus - and luckily, the wedding photographer was on hand to capture the moment.

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TAYLOR SWIFT

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Three cheers for Taylor! The Grammy winner shocked guests when she showed up at the wedding of Max Singer and Kenya Smith after receiving a heartfelt letter from the groom's sister. At the reception, Swift performed a stripped-down version of her hit song "Blank Space" - a song close to Singer, who had danced along to the 1989 single with his mother at the hospital before she passed away.

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ROBERT PATTINSON

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Every bride thinks her wedding day is a dream come true, but one lucky woman in Northern Ireland got to live out the ultimate fantasy in August when Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson joined her celebration. After bridal party members spotted the actor at the hotel bar, they invited him to stop by - and, obviously, hop into a few wedding pictures. As if that weren't exciting enough, the newlyweds were also treated to an appearance by The Script's frontman Danny O'Donoghue, which officially makes their big day the wedding of the year.

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AMY SCHUMER & JUDD APATOW

AMY SCHUMER & JUDD APATOW
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Remember that time Schumer crashed an engagement shoot? Well, that was just practice for the Dublin wedding party she stumbled upon with Trainwreck director Apatow at a local pub. The duo can now add another line to their résumés: wedding singers. They joined in an Irish sing-along - with musician Glen Hansard - right alongside the bride, groom and all their guests.

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ED SHEERAN

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The Australian radio show Kyle & Jackie O arranged for the "Thinking Out Loud" singer to crash Kya and Matt Debono's Sydney nuptials - and play his hit for their first dance. "Available for weddings, birthdays and bar mitzvahs, contact your local supermarket for details," Sheeran captioned a pic of him and the newlyweds.

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SERENA WILLIAMS

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This couple asked to be crashed. The tennis star was getting in some quality sunbathing time in South Beach when a group of wedding-goers approached her and asked if she'd take a picture with the bride and groom - to which she happily agreed, posing with the newlyweds in her photoshoot-ready leopard-print bathing suit.

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BRAD PITT

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The best wedding gifts do not come from a registry. When Abi Lingwood's new husband told her that Pitt was at the hotel bar of their U.K. wedding reception in 2013, she was in total disbelief - which is why she had to go see for herself. Naturally, chaos ensued. The newlyweds and Pitt snapped a quick photo, and the actor offered his congratulations - before moving his meeting upstairs, presumably to avoid the flocks of tipsy bridesmaids heading his way.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH

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When Frances Canning and her fiancé sent a wedding invitation to the Queen, they didn't expect her to actually show up. Yet - without even so much as an RSVP - the Queen stopped by the 2012 wedding because she was in the Manchester, England, area for her Diamond Jubilee tour.

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ROBERT PATTINSON & KATY PERRY

ROBERT PATTINSON & KATY PERRY
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While they didn't crash the actual wedding, we're certain everyone in attendance will remember the rehearsal dinner better than the main event. Pattinson and Perry just strolled into the ranch in Montecito, California, where the soon-to-be couple was rehearsing with family and friends, and casually took a seat in the courtyard area to watch.

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CHRIS SOULES & WHITNEY BISCHOFF

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Talk about a romantic first date. When Soules and Bischoff had their first one-on-one date early on in their season of The Bachelor, Bischoff noticed a wedding in the distance - and suggested they crash it. As prep, the pair got glam and developed fake backstories. "She did a great job mingling and keeping our story in line," Soules said in his PEOPLE blog. "She's so friendly, and everyone got along with her, and we totally tore it up on the dance floor." (Soules and Bischoff, however, are no longer.)

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MAROON 5

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For the 2015 music video for their single "Sugar," the band drove around Los Angeles crashing weddings. (Spoiler alert: There's a lot of squealing!) Most of the brides seem to be under the impression that their new husbands planned it, but why would a groom ever invite 2013's Sexiest Man Alive, Adam Levine, to his wedding? Levine referred to the experience as "the coolest thing ever. Being able to create an unforgettable experience for several people was the highlight of it all."

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JOHN TRAVOLTA

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The actor was in Georgia to renew his pilot's license when he met a couple who was getting married the next day. They must have all hit it off, because they invited Travolta to attend. Dressed in "basically the same outfit as the night before," the actor posed for several pics with the happy bride and groom.

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